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Nelson Makamo’s striking close-up portraits of Black children encapsulate the vibrancy of youth in his home country of South Africa. The artist, who was born in the town of Modimolle and is now based in Johannesburg, usually paints people close to him. He renders his subjects in a range of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, and silkscreen. Makamo has exhibited at galleries in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Paris, London, and New York. He has collaborated with Giorgio Armani, Annie Lennox, and TELKOM, and in 2019, his work was chosen as the cover art for Time magazine’s “Optimists” issue. Optimism is a central tenet in Makamo’s portrayals of children—his young models, he believes, are just beginning to see the beauty in the world.

Selected exhibitions
2021
Nelson Makamo | FortitudeMAKASIINI CONTEMPORARY
2020
BLACK VOICES: Friend of My MindRoss-Sutton Gallery
2018
Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) at 1:54 London 2018Gallery of African Art (GAFRA)
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Figure of a Boy

Mixed media on paper
45 9/10 × 32 9/10 in
116.5 × 83.5 cm
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Strauss & Co
Medium
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Signed and indistinctly dated

Nelson Makamo’s striking close-up portraits of Black children encapsulate the vibrancy of youth in his home country of South Africa. The artist, who was born in the town of Modimolle and is now based in Johannesburg, usually paints people close to him. He renders his subjects in a range of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, and silkscreen. Makamo has exhibited at galleries in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Paris, London, and New York. He has collaborated with Giorgio Armani, Annie Lennox, and TELKOM, and in 2019, his work was chosen as the cover art for Time magazine’s “Optimists” issue. Optimism is a central tenet in Makamo’s portrayals of children—his young models, he believes, are just beginning to see the beauty in the world.

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